Who does Nick Carraway describe as having a "cruel body" in "The Great Gatsby"?
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Tom Buchanan is described as having a "cruel body". He says this in the first chapter of the book when Nick is describing Tom for the first time. Nick says that Tom's body was "...capable of enormous leverage - a cruel body." He means that Tom uses his physical size to intimidate and bully people. Tom is used to getting his way in matters and since he is immature and selfish, this means sometimes using force.
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